Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Disjointed Tale

Today I am going to tell such a disjointed tale that I fear you will be driven off. It's one of those things that started off to be one thing and turned into quite another.

Let's begin with The Potatoes. I was visiting Pat who shared a link to a Blogher site where the blogger discussed something that we must all consider when writing and sharing photographs. You can find Pat's post *here* and then follow her link if you're interested.

Pat has the most amazing photograph (the second one) to share. I'd really like to pin it; however, I am rethinking Pinterest entirely in light of the link mentioned above

So what does this all have to do with a bag of potatoes? Well, after reading said article, I remembered that I had used a photo from g00gle without sharing a source and that I needed to replace it with a photo of my own. I took the photo you saw yesterday and did just that. Now, instead of seeing a little pile of potatoes on burlap, you see my own 10 pound bag of potatoes. And that is where the fun begins.

Why? Because some of you thought that I had found the lost potatoes. It's perfectly normal. People make such conclusions all the time and not just about small potatoes. The brain is always searching for connections and will make them whenever the dots are not connected. Yes, I have lots of willy-nilly dots over here floating about.

So now you know the awful truth. I have ten pounds of potatoes still on the loose and ten pounds of potatoes as a replacement bag used for a nabbed photograph. Do you suppose potatoes have any attraction to other potatoes? That would be lovely on so many levels. Have you seen the price of potatoes lately? 

(By the way, did you know that you can right click on any image in Blogger and a menu box will open. There is an option there that says: Search g00gle for this image. Go ahead sometime, you may be surprised.) 


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P.S. The dice? Yes, just washing the dice. They had that odor that comes from the manufacturing process.  It would have meant a new game if it hadn't worked, but it did. Yay!

***A reminder: A Downton Abbey discussion right here tomorrow. Yes, I will give fair warning at the beginning of the post.

37 comments:

  1. LOL. Thanks for potato tidbit. So, there still on the loose, huh? Hmm....Yes, the price of potatoes have gone up, blame it on winter, lol.--Oh goody about Downton. I did find the link and read up. Thanks. --I figured that was up with the dice. I do the same..odd..really..lol--Blessings

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  2. So now I STILL have to worry about the potatoes and now I have a new worry....how many goldfish are left? hahaha! Hugs!

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  3. I'll check out the post and the link as you've got my curiosity going! I use a Macbook and when I right click it doesn't give me an option to google search. hmmm I'll have to poke around with that.

    I don't think I've ever bought dice. I like how colorful yours are - didn't know they had a smell to them. Do you play games with the boys with them?

    Deanna

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  4. So the potatoes are still missing? Oh my, there's going to be a stink somewhere, LOL! I cringe at all of the grocery prices these days. Everyone can thank the Federal Reserve for pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy (funny money that isn't very funny) for the runaway inflation.

    I have to admit that I did cringe a bit when you posted up the photo taken by the Russian photographer. It would be better to do a hard link back to her flickr site. If you need help with that, just give me a holler because I do hard links to my flickr photos all the time. We all need to be careful about copying photos created by others, so this is a good reminder.

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    1. Gosh! I hadn't even thought of THAT one. It's gone. I am not taking chances, though the likelihood of a photographer wishing to take me to court is remote. I am so conflicted about this because I so enjoy pointing to others who do a beautiful job and featuring them. I think this ends my ever featuring professionals again.

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  5. P.S. The blogger right-click trick for searching doesn't work for most of my images, since they are imbedded links from flickr. Nor does it work on the flickr web site.

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    1. Sigh. There's an exception to everything. ☺

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  6. I went to the link and read her unfortunate experience and information to help each of us. It truly is important reading.

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  7. I do hope you find those potatoes soon!

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  8. Now I am surprised. I always think if we replace something that is lost, the lost will immediately show up. Guess not with your spuds, and it also didn't happen with the thing I lost. I finally replaced it all, and the original is still MIA. As to the photos, it was a good wake up to me and I also have replaced one or two. And we are having a snow storm later today. Sounds like it really will happen (it doesn't always with our weather predictions)...

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  9. I was so sure you had found those potatoes! Glad you replaced the photo of the potatoes with your own. You don't want to get in trouble for using someone else's photo.

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  10. Oh dear, that 10#'s of potatoes is still missing. In these parts we are surrounded by potato farms and farmers. We actually had a friend of our sons live with us for a while and his family had a big potato farm in Eastern Washington. Lots of interesting potato stories...
    Hope you have a wonderful day...

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  11. Hi Vee, I read that same post about using photos from the internet. After that I went through all 400+ of my posts and removed some images. I'll also be posting about copyright infringement later this week. It's good to share this information.

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  12. I think if those potatoes were anywhere in your house you would have found them by now. :) Interesting article ... I clicked through and read it. I don't post other's photos on my blog but constantly repin on Pinterest. Think I'll start being a little more selective about what I repin. Thanks for sharing this - it's something we really should be more aware of.

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  13. Thank you for this information. I've asked my daughter to delete the Pin account she opened for me. I don't use it and I get tired of getting their notices in my email. I barely post anymore. But this information was very eyeopening, and I'm going thru and taking out a couple of pics. As cold as it's been you may not smell those spuds till Springtime!

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  14. Cool tip on the blogger photos! I saw the article on photo usage. This is a subject that has come up numerous times over the years I have been blogging and I still see people use other peoples images all the time. In fact one big decorating blogger I follow uses other people's photos almost exclusively and I have always wondered how she can do that. It's a good reminder though, that some people are territorial over their work, and rightly so!

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  15. One thing for sure if you don't find the potaoes, they will find you soon enough!~smile~ Experience speaking! Thanks for the link and info.will check out! I haven't opened up a Pinterest account yet, and now may not, Ahh decisions decisions! Enjoy your day.

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  16. Oh no, the potatoes are still MIA. I'm sure they will turn up one day and do look forward to hearing where they have been hiding. Still haven't found the MIA items in my house. Grrr.
    Since reading your tip I have been right clicking images and am not seeing that option???

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  17. Oh dear, the potatoes are still missing.... well, you may find them by their "fragrant" odor that they are bound to have soon :)

    Thanks for the link, Vee. I am headed to read the article now. Have a blessed afternoon!

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  18. Oh Vee i suffer the distance from my house to yours. You have 10 lbs of potatoes, i have pure Irish butter and cheese, as a result of winning a giveaway from KerryGold USA and a blog called the Humbled Homemaker. I did a post today, with photos! Only two, but, hey, baby steps. We would make some killer mashed potatoes, wouldn't we? xo

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  19. Thank you, Vee, for all that good advice and the warning about using other people's photos. I am going to go back and see if I have snitched any and then used them in my blog post. They need to be replaced. Oh, goody... right now I can't access my design board for some reason. Had gremlins attack my computer and thought it was all cleaned up. So, no new posts from me until I get it taken care of. And, I guess no removing of photos until then either. Thanks, again.

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  20. Everyone's thinking seems to be along the same track... you will smell where those potatoes are soon!

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  21. I put together a few years ago a blog about my great grandfather's diary when he crossed the country with the first pioneer train of Mormon pioneers. I started on the day that he started and wrote his diary entries each say until he got to Salt Lake City in 1847. To make it better, I went through Google Images and got photos of everywhere they stopped as it looks today. It was really interesting until I went to publish it into a book. That's when I found out I needed permission for every single photo or no photos could be used. SO! I went back through every single photo I used and found the owner and asked for permission to use their photo. Everybody said yes and I credited every photo on the site to their owner. There was only one photo that I couldn't find an owner for and I decided to use it anyway until somebody said that I couldn't. Copyright is copyright.....wherever we go, I guess. This internet stuff has created a huge can of worms with which we all have to re-learn how to do things.

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  22. Vee, thanks for the link to the article. I had actually already come across this article on my own because I had read something else that raised up a red flag and started to do some research about the subject. I have only done this a time or two when I first started my blog but just in case I missed something, really need to go through my posts. When I was making my first header last summer, I was googling random "country" photos and had picked a couple out to put on it. One of my sweet blogging friends who knew I was just a newbie, politely commented about one of the shots (a pink mailbox). Right away I admitted that it wasn't my photo and when I looked it up again, it originated on a sweet girl's photography website! I was so ashamed, embarrassed, afraid, etc. I gave her props through a link back to her site until I was able to create another header with all of MY OWN pics! Never, again will I use any other pics but my own...it was good lesson! Now about those potatoes.....not sure what to think...

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  23. Oh boy, I hear you Vee. That is a beautiful photo on Pat's blog. Thanks for the link and I went to it and read it. Scary!! I have never used anyone else's photos, mainly because I don't know how to do it that easily, but just don't feel right doing it. I wish all bloggers would read this article. It's very important. Thank you!! New potatoes eh? Have a cozy evening. Going down to -18 here. :(

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  24. Hmmm...I have to fess up I thought the potatoes were the lost ones too. I read through to the link. Most of the photos that I use are my own, but I have used a few from pinterest,etc. that's a bit scarey.

    Stay warm sweet Vee...

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  25. You have permission to "pin" my One World Trade Center photo, Vee, and anything else from my blog! :)

    I have to admit I was rattled by that BlogHer article--what a terrible things to have to deal with! I heard she was sued in the six figure range.

    I usually only use my own photos in my posts, but I have used photos form time to time from the web and always thought by listing the source I'd be safe. I won't be doing that any longer. I get asked for permission to use photos I've piut in my blog from time to time and I always appreciate that people do that. I usually say "yes" as long as I get some attribution. I think if I really need a photo from now on I'll ask permission to use it. Copyright is a very serious issue, and for good reason!

    Pinterest puzzles me as I don't look at it as "using" a photo, just remembering where I saw it. I know Susan Branch was upset that people were pinning from her website and asked Pinerest that all such pins be taken down. Now she uses the code that Pinterest provides to bock pins. I'd hate to delete my Pinterest boards, as I love them so and use them to go back to web sites that I love, but I'm trying to be more careful there from now on to make sure the source of the photo is clear.

    I hope you find those potatoes before your nose finds them!

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  26. So disappointing...that you have not yet found your missing potatoes! I wish I could help look. Soon you will just be following your nose.

    I use almost exclusively my own photos...or have permission. But...I tried the right-click trick to see if my photos appear elsewhere and there is no 'search' option for me. Hmmm.

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  27. Ah so those potatoes are still hiding.

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  28. Oh dear...I made the assumption too! Just goes to show how quickly we are prone to jump to conclusions! So just where can those potatoes be?!! :O

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  29. you always keep me informed on things I had no clue
    Thanks so much...potatoes, too funny

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  30. Are you absolutely sure you didn't leave those potatoes in the shopping cart? Or the trunk of the car or whatever you drive? Now I'm off to right-click on some of my photos and see what happens.

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  31. I was hopeful you had found your bag of potatoes! I use the google image search all the time. I also use Tineye. Sometimes it's hard to find the original source for a photo (especially ones on Pinterest).

    I do believe my comments section has been fixed since I'm now back to receiving spam!

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  32. I'm ready for the discussion...I am now up to the episode of Anna and I keep turning it off. I may just skip it completely.

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  33. Hi Vee,
    I have always been worried about using any photo on my blog, other than my own. Copyright infringement is a scary thing. Sometimes Pinterest loses the original address of some photos, so you can't even know where to ask for permission.

    Missing potatoes? Now that's a mystery.

    Hope you have a great day.

    Karen

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